Come by First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 17th from 10AM-3PM to receive a reminder of our mortality, as we prepare to enter into the church season which prepares us for the death and (SPOILER ALERT: resurrection!!) of Jesus Christ. If you prefer to honor this tradition at home, click this link for a family devotional (with smores!) This year, the 6-week Lenten Journey includes a special focus each week, beginning with our physical health. Click this link to download a guide for your personal reflection and journaling. We hope to see in you in sanctuary or online soon.
Pre-recorded worship service for Ash Wednesday will be available at 5:00 A.M. tomorrow. Just click the moving cross icon in this box to join us.
Please click here to see the new and improved Church Calendar (with Zoom links for each open meeting and small group)
Click the red square below on Sunday, February 21st at 10:15AM to join the worship warm-up, or at 10:30AM to join us in worship, as we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent and honor our Scouts BSA Troops 88 and 888.
Valentine porch visits & Lenten gifts We hope you recently received a gift bag from a porch visit with a daily devotional and items to create a sacred space at home. We'd love to see your photos on our Facebook page. If you did not receive a gift, please contact the church office and we will send one out to you!
Final Countdown The Missions Team Soup Sale is this weekend! Our two delicious options, Chicken Orzo (pasta) or Beef Chili (gluten free), are available for $10/quart. Please pick-up at the church on Sunday, February 21st from 11:00AM-2:00PM. The Scouts BSA Troops will also offer monkey bread (free) for dessert.
Missing Roaster The church is missing a new electric roasting pan. If you borrowed it and forgot to return it, or if you know where it might be, please call or email the church office. It would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Cold Weather Shelter A gentle reminder that we continue to collect NEW winter gloves, men's jeans, men's and women's underwear, adult backpacks, foot powder and deodorant through the end of March for our neighbors facing houselessness. Drop-off in the church lobby (Guadalupe Box).
Lenten Bible Study The Thursday night Women's Bible study and Sunday School class are offering a six-week Lenten study by Rev. Adam Hamilton. Get your own book to join. Please email Pat Ferrell or join her Thursdays at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall with Covid-precautions. Please email Bruce Hyink or join him Sunday mornings from 9-10AM. Click here for the Zoom link to the online Sunday School class.
Prayer Requests Pray for the healing of our Nation and the world from Covid; Vera's bone marrow biospy results; Cristina's friend; Mary Mumby; Tony Park; Chris DeBey; Melinda Stephan; Betty & Larry Schleiger; Aiden (home from the hospital); Kat Sheffield's pregnancy; shut-ins Bob K, Bud H (doing well after full vaccine), Judy C, Eileen F, Ann G, Don T, Nancy S; and Sgt. Lizzie Pryzgoda (back home in Windsor!)
Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy Birthday to Karen Savage and James Bull (02/20); Katie Stephan (02/21); Julie Cogburn (02/22); Barbara Hyink and Greg Harrison (02/23); and Cole Gerstner (02/24). No anniversaries. Please share your dates with us!
The Mountain Sky Conference (MSC) offers educational opportunities via Zoom:
2021 Just Love Lenten Series
Clickhere to register for Sundays 5:30-6:45PM, beginning Feb. 21st, to explore justice issues like Japanese internment, generational trauma, human trafficking, restorative justice and more.
February is Black History Month
The global UMW offers resourcesfor ongoing education. The General Commission on Race and Religion invites us to watch this conversation with the authors of the new book "I'm Black, I'm Christian. I'm Methodist." And the Mountain Sky Conference invites us to "This is my Story, This is my Song" on Saturday Feb. 27th from 9:30-10:45. Register here to join. This conversation based on the hymn "Blessed Assurance" amplifies the voices of our Black, Indigenous and People of Color siblings to co-create Beloved Community together.
From the Community: Thrivent Financial is offering the following webinars and recordings:
February 17th: Misty Copeland - the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Register here
February 24th: Chris Gardner - American businessman, motivational speaker and author of "The Pursuit of Happiness". Register here